"Listen to me, O family of Jacob, Israel my chosen one! I alone am God, the First and the Last.
It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth. The palm of my right hand spread out the heavens above. I spoke, and they came into being."
"Have any of your idols ever told you this? Come, all of you, and listen: 'The LORD has chosen Cyrus as his ally. He will use him to put an end to the empire of Babylon, destroying the Babylonian a armies.'
I have said it: I am calling Cyrus! I will send him on this errand and will help him succeed.
Come closer and listen. I have always told you plainly what would happen so you would have no trouble understanding." And now the Sovereign LORD and his Spirit have sent me with this message:
"The LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good and leads you along the paths you should follow.
Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling like waves."
Then you would have become as numerous as the sands along the seashore -- too many to count! There would have been no need for your destruction."
Yet even now, be free from your captivity! Leave Babylon and the Babylonians, b singing as you go! Shout to the ends of the earth that the LORD has redeemed his servants, the people of Israel. c21
They were not thirsty when he led them through the desert. He divided the rock, and water gushed out for them to drink.
"But there is no peace for the wicked," says the LORD.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)